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Parents getting inked to say thank you for son’s life-saving treatment

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

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THE parents of a little boy whose life was saved at Birmingham Children’s Hospital are showing their appreciation by getting tattoos to raise money for the cause.

Lisa and Ian Parker will be joined by five other people when they get inked with a heart to say thank you for the help which their son Cayden received when he suffered a heart blockage three years ago.

The duo, of Elmslea Green, Midway, are part of a wider group hoping to raise money for the hospital to say thank you for the care they received.

Mrs Parker, 33, told the Mail: “I’m so excited; I can’t wait. It will be good to give the hospital something back.

“It will mean a lot to me to have it. I am reminded every day about what my little boy went through, and it means so much to know I am able to do something in return.”

No stranger to tattoos, Mrs Parker said she was not scared about having the tattoo, which she has decided will go at the base of her neck.

Kayden was a happy and healthy three-year-old boy when he suddenly collapsed on the floor and stopped breathing.

His parents rushed him to hospital in Burton, and he was quickly transferred to Birmingham suffering with a heart blockage.

After spending a month in hospital on a life support machine, doctors decided to fit him with a pacemaker.

Now six, he is still completely reliant on the device. Mrs Parker said they still did not know why Kayden’s heart stopped working.

She found out about the sponsored inking via Facebook, when she started chatting to other parents who had been in the same position.

“When we were sent to Birmingham it was horrifying to think we had a three-year-old who needed a pacemaker, and to see a hospital full of people who are going through the same thing helped a lot.

“It’s good to be able to speak to other people in the same position, and it’s nice to help other people through it as well,” she said.

The group will receive the tattoo at Firefly Tattoo Studio in Swadlincote. They are hoping to raise £3,000.

Anybody interested in sponsoring the group should visit https://www.justgiving.com/Gemma-Jennings3/

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